SpaceX is launching a massive rocket into space carrying CEO Elon Musk’s cherry red Tesla Roadster.
The Falcon Heavy rocket, which is larger than anything that has launched since NASA’s Saturn V, takes off Tuesday from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on its maiden voyage into orbit.
It will be slinging one of Musk’s prized possessions into space — his Tesla Roadster. The car “will be in deep space for a billion years or so if it doesn’t blow up on ascent,” Musk tweeted in December.
The rocket has three engine cores with 27 Merlin engines, capable of lifting five million pounds into orbit.
— Bloomberg (@business) February 6, 2018
“I’m excited and giddy,” Musk told reporters Monday after acknowledging the venture is one big gamble. He is a worried about the vehicle, that must survive low Earth orbit before it is jettisoned toward Mars.
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His goal – like most of Musk’s ventures – is a lofty one. The launch is a crucial cog in the tech entrepreneur’s plan to send two citizens into orbit around the moon — this is the rocket and capsule that will be needed to do so.
He revealed in September 2016 his mission to colonize the red planet — Musk believes reducing the cost of space flight will help launch people into orbit and eventually to Mars.
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